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How to Get From El Nido to Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

How to Get From El Nido to Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

We arrived in Puerto Princesa from Manila on an evening flight and had to spend the night in a hotel near the airport as we wouldn’t make the last bus, luckily we were able to find a cheap but really nice hotel.

Make sure you check bus schedules or rather yet just spend the night so you aren’t rushing and then getting into El Nido at midnight trying to find your El Nido hotel. After an amazing trip to El Nido and all the things to do in El Nido, it was time to say goodbye…

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How To Get From El Nido to Puerto Princesa

Looking at how to get from El Nido to Puerto Princesa? You have a few options when going from El Nido to Puerto Princesa. PP, as the locals call it, is the transport hub of the island, flights back to Manila will go out of here.

If you’re trying to get to visit as many of the best places in the Philippines as possible you should consider flying. There is an airport in El Nido offering direct flights to Manila and Cebu for roughly $100 USD one way. Click here for all Manila to El Nido options. Here are the land options, which happen to be the cheapest way to El Nido:

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Option #1: Shuttle Van To Puerto Princesa

gray shuttle van - service between Puerto Princesa to El Nido

How Much Is The Shuttle Van From El Nido To Puerto Princesa?

How Long Does The Shuttle Van Take?

Time: 5-6 Hours

This service is very straightforward and can be arranged just about everywhere in town. They will pick you up at your hotel and take you directly to your destination in Puerto Princesa.

The downside for us is that you are smashed into a full (or overfull) minivan for the whole trip. We find the buses more comfortable, but slower. You can book online in advance for the cheapest prices here.

Shuttle Van Schedule From El Nido To Puerto Princesa

Shuttles are constantly running to Puerto Princesa. We suggest booking online in advance to secure the best time for you.

  • 4 am
  • 5 am
  • 7 am
  • 8 am
  • 9:30 am
  • 11 am
  • 1 pm
  • 2:30 pm
  • 4 pm
  • 5:30 pm

Cherry Busy to El Nido

Option #2: Coach bus

You will need to get to the bus station from town, a tricycle for two people should be no more than 50P and as low as 30P. You may want to buy a bus ticket the day before to guarantee a seat or arrive about a half-hour before departure time.

There are two companies that run coach services from El Nido to Puerto Princesa, Cherry, and RoRo. Each stop along the way in the towns of Taytay and Roxas. They will also stop for just about every local on the side of the road.

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How Much Is the Bus To Puerto Princesa?

Price: Cherry Bus to El Nido

  • 800-900 PHP Elite Bus (bathroom onboard)
  • 500-600 PHP Regular Bus
  • 400-500 PHP Economy Non AC Bus

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How Long Is The Bus From El Nido To Puerto Princesa?

The bus to El Nido takes roughly 6-7 hours but varies based on how many stops the driver takes and if there are any bus issues.

As a note, not all buses have AC, and seems to be every other bus departing time. El Nido bus schedule is below for El Nido to Puerto Princesa on both Cherry and Roro.

White coach bus with brand "Cherry" on the side in red letter - Bus From Puerto Princesa to El Nido Palawan

Cherry Bus Schedule From El Nido To Puerto Princesa:How to Get From El Nido to Puerto Princesa

  • 7 am
  • 7:20 am
  • 9 am
  • 9:20 am
  • 1 pm
  • 3 pm
  • 5 pm
  • 7 pm
  • 9 pm

*The times listed are updated from the Cherry Bus Website and the picture doesn’t have the accurate times*

RoRo Bus Schedule El Nido to Puerto Princesa:How to Get From El Nido to Puerto Princesa

  • 4 am – Non-AC
  • 6 am – AC
  • 8 am – Non-AC
  • 10 am – AC
  • 12 pm – Non-AC
  • 2 pm – AC
  • 4 pm – Non-AC
  • 6 pm – AC
  • 8 pm – Non-AC
  • 10 pm – AC

When attempting to purchase tickets at the El Nido bus station it seemed as if they had never sold a ticket before, after a long confusing conversation trying to confirm times and if the bus had AC we opted to go with Cherry. We took RoRo on the way from Puerto Princesa to El Nido and it was fine.

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How to Get From El Nido to Puerto Princesa

The locals seem to prefer Cherry, but we didn’t see a big difference except for the crew on our trip was very unprofessional. Distracting the driver on purpose as a game, they also had a game to lock the baggage guy out of the bus at every stop which only lengthened each stop.

I am sure it’s not the norm, but still annoying. The buses get very full around El Nido and Puerto Princesa but other than that you have a good amount of room.

Either option will be a slightly bumpy ride as the road is not paved the whole way. The 30Km or so outside El Nido is only randomly paved and construction is in process.

We made our flight straight from the bus station so we didn’t have to spend the night in a hotel near the airport for an extra night, but you may want to consider this in your schedule.


Tuesday 2nd of April 2019

hey, I will be in El Nido and looking at booking a flight from PP that leaves at 8:55am. How long does the bus take and what time would I need to leave to make sure I had plenty of time?


Wednesday 10th of April 2019

The bus can take around 6-8 hour one way between PP and El Nido. I just did this drive in a rental car last month and it took me almost 6 hours. It's a long drive. If you have a morning flight you will have to leave the day before and stay overnight in PP or in the airport. Hope you have a great trip!


Wednesday 13th of February 2019

Hi, my flight land just gone 4pm would you suggest staying near the hotel for the night and getting the bus the following morning? Or is it safe enough to get to El Nido late at night?



Friday 15th of February 2019

IF you are taking the bus I don't see any major safety concerns. Make sure your hotel knows you will be coming in late. If you don't plan on doing anything near Puerto Princessa, I personally would much rather wake up in my destination and enjoy the day rather than have another travel day.


Wednesday 21st of November 2018

Hi there, was the bus delayed at all? Just worried that if we get the van or bus back to Puerto Princesa that it's delayed for some reason and then miss our flight.

Hannah Lukaszewicz

Sunday 2nd of December 2018

I personally wouldn't cut it close. You never know if the bus will break down etc. I would take an earlier bus if you can and make sure you give yourself several hours of leeway time. You will have to take a taxi from the bus station to the airport as well.

Ronald Robinson

Thursday 16th of November 2017

How much for a private van to El Nido from Puerto Princessa in January?

Hannah Lukaszewicz

Thursday 16th of November 2017

Yes there are private transfers from Puerto Princessa to El Nido, you can book it online here Safe travels to El Nido.


Tuesday 21st of March 2017

thank you so much for posting this blog, I and friends bound to puerto princesa on saturday then to El nido we are from Cebu and it's our first time in palawan ..enough info for us.. thank you...

Hannah Lukaszewicz

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017

Glad we could provide you information on traveling from Puerto Princesa to El Nido. We hope you have an amazing trip, El Nido is out of this world! Safe travels.